“ Manufacturer: GelGems / Type: Decals „
Having two girls, I do find that things of a pink and fairy nature do inevitably enter the house. This GelGem fairy and her flower is one of the items my youngest has in her room.
If you haven't heard of GelGem's before, they are clear decorations that are designed to stick to windows and mirrors. They are generally about 30mm thick, and as the name would suggest quite jelly like - the manufacturer says they are a "semi-solid, mechanically resistant, thermoplastic polymer" - basically they are sticky, squidgy and removable thick stickers.
This particular design comes as pictured on a transparent sheet and has to be peeled off and stuck however you like onto the surface you wish to decorate. It costs about £4.25, you will find these items available in card or gift shops as well as online at Amazon and other well known retailers.
What you can't see on the picture is that some of the details of this design have inlaid glitter, such as the fairy wings and the flower, which is a nice touch. The fairy is about 20cm long, to give you some idea of size. I do think, for a little girl, that this is an attractive design, although it doesn't allow for as much creativity as some of the other GelGems we have had in the past such as snowflakes or flowers; you can't really stick these to the window in very many different ways, unless you want to create a strangely disjointed fairy!
This item has been in place for about 6 months, with no problems, and is much liked by my daughter. The light shines through it nicely in a bit of a "stained glass window" way.
If the GelGems do get slightly dull looking you can wash them,and this will also make them more sticky. They are fairly durable though they do break sometimes if you remove and reapply them - the pink flower is in more than one piece now after being taken off to clean the windows, but is still fine. The GelGems are very easy to take off and stick on, (so quite how I broke the flower I don't know), they don't get bonded to the window over time, though if you have two stickers of different colours next to each other they can leech a little into each other.
If on a South facing window these items can, and do melt slightly, we had a few issues during the heatwave in our previous house with another design, a check on the manufacturer's website explained that this happens if the window reaches 120 degrees - probably not a frequent occurrence in the UK climate and not something that this fairy has experienced!
I think that this design, and GelGems in general, are an excellent item for children's rooms, they are relatively cheap, durable and do look attractive on windows and mirrors. My children like being allowed to put them onto the window, and it's good to know that they are non-toxic, though I can't say either of them have ever tried to eat them even though they do look very much like jelly!
You can now buy non-branded Gel stickers like these in the shops, a friend has some from Morrisons that are attractive but I don't think of the same quality. I really would recommend buying the originals which I think are excellent, do check out the official site (link below) and maybe you will be inspired to get creative with your windows! Recommended.